Lives and Works: Singapore
Glass artist and printmaker Tan Sock Fong was a recipient of the Mobil Art Scholarship in 1988. She was awarded an overseas study bursary from the National Art Council of Singapore to further pursue her passion in glass. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design (Hon) from the University of Wolverhampton (England) majoring in Glass in 1995.
Beginning in the 1980s as a young artist, Sock Fong has also been a dedicated teacher and active supporter of the art scene in Singapore. Sock Fong shares her extensive experience and skills through her artwork and also through innovative art programmes at her studio at Emily Hill and at various local institutions. She has lectured/taught at La Salle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore Polytechnic and Nan Chiau High School.
In 1992, she led a taskforce assisting Cultural Medallion Award recipient Ms Chng Seok Tin to set up Singapore’s first public printmaking studio in Changkat Community Center for the printmaking community. She was also involved in organizing Singapore’s first glass exhibition “Glass: Passage of Evaluation” in 1993.
In 2004, she was artist-in-residence at David Ruth Glass Studio in Oakland, USA, working on cast glass.
She was vice president of the Sculpture Society (Singapore) 2007 and she organized the 1st Singapore International Woodcarving Symposium 2007 with the committee and its members.
Sock Fong’s works in glass have been exhibited in many venues including The Midlands Art Centre (Birmingham, UK, 1995), Singapore Art Museum (1992 and 1999), National Museum Art Gallery (1988 and 1989) and LaSalle-SIA College of The Arts. Her solo exhibition "The Unveiling of the Hidden" was at Utterly Art, Singapore in 2005.
Commissioned works include regional and local award trophies and various curatorial projects such as the Bombay Sapphire Blue Room Exhibition (2007). Her other commissioned works can be found at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Paterson Condominium, Schott Glass (Singapore) and Silk Road Restaurant. Many are in private collections.
Sock Fong’s 2008 project GlassMorphosis was to recycle the tail section of a scrapped Boeing 737-200 to create an eclectic range of designer furniture fusing different mediums like glass, metal and wood. It included a ten-day workshop with students from Singapore Polytechnic and underlines the artist’s concerns with green ecology and recycling.
More recently, Sock Fong exhibited with the glass gallery Florenz at Affordable Art Fair Singapore, 2010. In 2011 she exhibited at the Sculpture Society annual exhibition at Fort Canning Park, and in the group show “3 Stories” at White Canvas Gallery where her work involved glass and wood. In October the same year she worked with a group of lighting designers to present a site-specific work at “Hub to Hub” at Waterloo Centre.
Her outdoor sculpture work was exhibited at Luminance 2012, a Youth Light Festival at Scape at Orchard, Singapore.
In 2013, she was invited to present her solo show at the Hsin Zhu Glass Museum, Taiwan from October to December of that year.
Her sculpture ‘Kindling Aspiration’ was commissioned for the promontory of Marina Bay for the Torch Up opening programme, celebrating the 28th South East Asian Games, Singapore in 2015.
Most recently, Sock Fong specially designed the art glass wall feature ‘Dancing hues of life’ for Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. The sculpture was completed in 2015 and launched at their opening; Phase Two was completed in 2016.
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